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.ad. >> california polls opened up in less than an hour at will tran is at the contra costa registrant's office. >> we see workers are showing up at a couple of them are turning the corner. this place is significant because it is the headquarters for contra costa county. the reason why you can come here and venture ballots and your questions answered. depending on if you qualify this to be a place where you can bolt if not it will tear you you have to go to your polling place. they stated that they will not reveal the results until 8:00 p.m. tonight. you cannot be at home checking online or at work. they are expected a lot places to be busy and that is why they are stating that you shift a larger sample ballot and take it with the to the polling place. regardless of what county you are in it will make it faster and that way your sample ballot can be placed next to your real ballots. they expected to be so busy that they are advising people to go mid morning or mid afternoon where the allies may be a little bit shorter. >> another good tip is that if you have a milan valid you could still fillin
. california's 55 electoral votes obviously helped put president obama back in the white house for another four years. in florida, one of the key swing states, there were long lines at a lot of polling places that stretched well into the evening. observers say high voter turn out, long ballots 11 pages in some counties and some minor computer glitches contributed to long waits. we heard reports in some cases this is amazing of three hour waits in some spots during the lunch hour. and as of now, florida is still too close to call. >> for weeks the polls have pointed to a very tight presidential race coming down to a few key states. >> ken wayne and heather -- [captioner transition. >>> the winner with a lot fewer than 98% of the votes. and the reason for that was most of the gop strong holds in ohio had been counted and still a large number of votes in the subsqushs and northern ohio, the big cities where there are strong democrat there. so more democrat and that's why ohio was kaldz even though we didn't a 100% of the vote counseled. . >> we do have some more swing states to look at. new hampsh
aim reporting. >> closer to home the future of education funding in california would put to voters today. two propositions on the state ballot and to give more money to education through temporary tax increase. one measure is proposition 38 vs tax which has the backing of the other. opposition 30 fails it will force an additional $6 billion cut triggering massive cuts to education. 4.5 from cape through eight education. 500 million cut to public universities which will lead to fewer class offerings and the possibility of tuition increases. >> proposition 38 the competing bill is looking to raise money for education plan temporary income tax hike. you cannot vote yes for both of you like. proposition 30 does began pumping money into the educational system leave it. >> measure and will place a one penny per ounce tax on sugary drinks. tricks like soda and sports drinks. basically any beverage that contains a caloric sweetener. it would not apply to 100 percent juice drinks nor honestly know. same-sex marriages on the ballot in several states. voters in maine and maryland and washingt
and the republican campaign has kept up a steady fight. >> it will be paid long fight in california i am not so sure nationally. it will be late in the night before we learn the fate of prop. 30. >> it will be a tight race and as of now they said that once the polls close they plan to wait here for a possibly long night. >> we have new information about what states have gone to what candidates. cnn is predicting governor romney will take oklahoma bringing him 240 electoral college votes. the president meanwhile, its projected winds and several new england states as well as others. maine has been projected for the president as well as (...) the main road island kinetic it is for the president, new hampshire is still a big swing state. it has not been called but the president also has vermont. in addition to the president has been projected to win washington d.c. right here. as well as illinois. no surprise there that is the president's home state. he is surging ahead of governor romney with the slough estates over here. this information is just coming into the newsroom and we'll continue to keep you
oakland haaziq madyun kron4news >> the fate of same-sex marriage in california -- could be decided soon. the supreme court just hours away from deciding on whether or not to get involved. tonight kron-4 is exploring the possible outcomes -- at 5-30. >>catherine: but first, it's a power-lunch at the white house. president obama - meeting with his former rival mitt romney. >> and --- 49-ers quarterback alex smith -- talking for the first time about being benched. you don't want to miss what smith had to say about colin kaepernick taking his job because of an injury. the news continues next. ♪ secondhand smoke affects everyone's health. it's not just irritating. it can cause heart disease and even death. speak up about secondhand smoke. your health and the health of your family depend on it. >> meeting with his former rival mitt romney. mitt romney had lunch today with the man who defeated him in the presidential race. it was a private meeting - but the white house released this photo. very few details were released - but we're told that the president and romney talked about a
a lot of time in california, illinois, new york, texas. those are four states that the candidates did not spend much time if at all this year with the exception of going to fund raise. that shows how different things are now. >> woodruff: richard, it's certainly not that there hasn't been partisanship. it's a matter of... whether there's been geographic partisanship. >> that's well put, judy. ohio, for example, for most of its history for well over 100 years has stood out. it's been the mother of presidents and the maker of presidents. it's the country in microcosm. it is urban. it is rural. it is agricultural. it is industrial. it is a strong tradition of organized labor. it has significant minority populations. if you were going to disstill the united states in the mid 20th century at the end of the 20th century, you know, you'd be hard pressed to do better than ohio. in some ways it makes a lot of sense that ohio has attracted as much attention as it has. >> ifill: michael and richard, let's think about california. big, big state. very diverse. densely populated. has farms. it has
the latest edition of california political week or cal-peak, this speaks to what we were talking about. how the republican party has lost its edge particularly among latinos, women young voters. in california, my state california republican party used to have 63.2% of voter registration. registered voters in california. republicans. today, for the first time, voter -- republican voter registration in california, this is according to cal-peak has fallen below 30%. democrats hold every statewide office and both the united states senators and of course the big majority of the united states congressional delegation. republican party bob mulholland use to the work for me as political director of the party. is quoted as saying wolves have a better chance of getting off the endangered species list than republicans. [ laughter ] >> bill: the more tea party they get the more they leave average americans behind. the more they're in decline as a party. here is a person -- some of that may be up close and personal. ginger gibson, politi
and not in california for the last 15 to 20 minutes. the race is said and done in large part because that is in some e- mail in ballots as well. >> that is one of the interest in things that is why you cannot wait too long to actually put your campaign in gear. people more and more are going to absentee. two reasons. is much more convenient. to in a state like california people like to do other things. this is on of election day. we like to go out and part of the voting machines for republican and democrat is put your vote in now and then get going and call out on a g old tv weather is a nevada arizona or people are driving and flying to the east coast. a good number of people are not in the states that are campaigning elsewhere. >> you say that there are some things that people will be voting on today that did not get as much attention as you would like to highlight. >> from someone who used to be a local elected officials there are racists where people only care about these. yes there is a big presidential race. there is a good universal people for whom there are things on the ballot for themselves
the california air national guard got to the east coast last week following hurricane sandy, they were met with a rude reality. what happened to the local national guard troops who heeded the call of hurricane sandy? >> reporter: there is still a lot of activity going on here at moffett field today as the local air national guard unit gets ready for the next emergency situation. after returning from a hurricane sandy mission that in a sense never got off the ground. workers for the california air national guard 129th rescue wing are making sure its helicopters are ready for the next time. the helicopters were loaded on to a transport plane and along with about 100 airmen headed out to the east coast for possible rescue operations for then hurricane sandy. today some said they were ready for anything. >> swift water rescue to picking people off of house tops with the helicopters, providing medical care, whatever we need to do, we'll be ready to do it. >> reporter: but it didn't happen. the 129th commander says the national guard called for assistance on a nationwide basis as sandy picked up
military aircraft arrived in new york state carrying power repair trucks from california. >>> in virginia the "u.s.s. san antonio" was loaded with we leaf supplies and set off for new york and new jersey. >>> the city of hoboken is finally getting back on its feet after flooding stranded 20,000 people. governor chris christie says the power situation has drastically improved. >> remember, at the height of the storm we were at 2.7 million so we're a million more customers have been restored from the height of the storm. >>> in connecticut, garbage is piling up on the streets as flooded basements are being cleaned out. >>> in new york, washed out subways are starting to come back, and there are huge lines to get on buses as the city deals with a gridlock nightmare. work could begin today on removing a massive crane that's been dangling high above a midtown manhattan street. a lot of people are questioning the decision to go ahead with the new york city marathon sunday. mayor michael bloomberg says it won't hurt storm relief efforts. and in lower manhattan where power may not come back until
morning fog along the southern california coast. >> aside from the sandy-related airport delays in the new york area, it should be smooth sailing for the rest of the country. sailing for the rest of the country. >>> well, sandy's most powerful images are in photographs. the long lines at gas stations like this one in new jersey. efforts being made to move gas supplies from tanks and pipelines to where it is needed most. >> bracing for another nasty commute, there were epic traffic jams across the region yesterday, as workers tried to get to their jobs in manhattan by car, as mass transit remains limited. >> and the all-too familiar scene, bringing water-damaged items to the curb. that's in the fire-devastated community of rockaway, in queens, new york. >>> and sandy could have a major impact on election day. in new jersey, military trucks are being brought in to replace polling places that have been destroyed. voters will cast paper ballots at those sites. >>> and the candidates are preparing for the final stretch in this long campaign. karen travers is joining us with more on that. good m
, illinois, california, and new york, the democrats are going to pick up 104 electoral college there and they did nothing there except go there for fund-raisers. that just shows you how sure we have of these states that are so blue and so red. but it's those nine states that we're talking about. that's what it's going to come down to, those nine battleground states and they are all-- with the possible exception of ohio-- all within the margin of error right now. >> pelley: norah, what do you see going into election tonight? >> one of the things i think is interesting is how much of the country has voted today before election day, the so-called early vote. it's been growing over the years. today we've seen more than 30 million people have turned out at the polls. interestingly enough, scott, the battleground state where this early vote has turned out. look at this. colorado, 77% has already voted. nevada. 72%. north carolina, 63% has already voted. in florida 53%. iowa 44%. and ohio 31%. john dickerson and i were talking about this earlier today. we could have most of the result
. california voters face a tough choice at the poll today. raise taxes or get hit with massive budget cuts. it's an issue that would have nationwide ramifications. but first, here's a look at what's happening in the world and what we have been covering here on "cbs this morning." >> after all the rallies, after the millions of dollars of ads, it all comes down to you. >> this is the day when voters choose the next president of the united states. >> early voting has really been key to the obama campaign strategy. they are leading in the early vote in almost every battleground state. >> one day away from a fresh start. one day away from the first day of a new beginning. >> i talked to a top campaign ad last night. he said romney was confident and that they're feeling good. >> the election may be already over, actually, and we don't know it. >> it's going to be a narrow race. we're even or ahead in nearly every one of these battleground states. >> you know the governor like i do, he's not someone to sit around until the job is done. >> the nor'easter is sure to make life harder for sandy's victim
california edison says the moving truck is longer than a football field. it will take about three weeks to reach utah. authorities say it creates low levels but is not expected to be dangerous. >>> well, back to baseball, melky cabrera, he was not on the playoff roster after he was reinstated following his suspension for steroids. but he will still get his payoff of $340,000. he would normally have made 72% of that. however, the rule mandates the full amount if the team plays ten games. he was eligible to come back and then the giants played ten games. >>> it losses like muni will be making a big statement because of vandalism. muni will have to pay $700,000 to replace that bus, one that was set on fire by the giants' fans after the giants won the world series. it turns out san francisco's policy does not cover buses set on fire. that's a blow to muni because they just spent about 300,000 refurbishing buses last year. >> all right. 7:21. it's mostly clear outside. in fact, some parts of the bay area could cup close to record- breaking temperatures. up next, steve paulson will tell us wh
-span. next is felix from california. caller: good morning. i mean democratic voter. -- i am an independent voter. what i heard from joe biden today is the fact that the problem we have always had is that the problems were caused by a republican. mitt romney -- host: thanks for the call. good afternoon caroline. caller: i am proud to be what i am. host: go ahead with your thoughts on this election. caller: my thought right now is joe biden >> tomorrow night watch election results from the presidential race as well as house, senate and governors contest across the country. we'll have coverage of president obama in chicago and the mitt romney in boston. victory and concession speeche speeches,. >> we are engaged in the process and been working first in with fema, to make an overall assessment, that 25, up to 25% of those cell towers were disabled during this process. what the fcc does and will continue to do is to work with these entities, to assess the situation on the ground and to more so use this information to see where we can do adequate for. >> commissioner mignon clyburn on issues fac
, but something tells me it's going to pass overwhelmingly. there's a series of issues, idaho, california and alabama have propositions that accounted limit collective bargaining, and then michigan has an initiative that would put collective bargaining rights into the constitution. how do you think this election could impact union rights? obviously this may be slowing from what we saw with scott walker in wisconsin. >> right i think california's posed to reject that initiative and should. workers have a storied history in california of standing up for working families and i think will remain able to be able to be politically active. in large part, the attacks of mitt romney on the american auto industry have fueled interest in that campaign and created excitement. bam become that's a right to work state. i haven't seen much from the campaign but assume the people supporting it, it goes something like jesus didn't like to organize. [ laughter ] >> you know, he had 13 apostles with him. >> you are too funny. carl, thank you so much for joining us inside the war room. i know you are excited
. the polls are open right now in california, we are all at our abc election headquarters right here in times square. our whole team is going to be out in force all day, all night long as the votes come in. i know robin is watching at home. she's actually going to vote today. we welcome elizabeth vargas. >> thank you, we're all going to vote today. guess what the first votes are in in new hampshire, george, dixville notch, five votes for president obama. five votes for governor romney. that may be a harbinger for you all night long. >> it's been a deadlock all way. let's go to santa monica, california right now. polls are open, votes cast all across america right now. some americans voted before today. mitt romney is not going to stop campaigning. he is campaigning today in pennsylvania and ohio. he knows he needs to win one of those two states. >> trying to eke out every vote that he can. of course, we're not just watching the election polls today. we're also watching the weather. another huge story that's looming is that storm, a nor'easter that's brewing off the east coast. and sam, this w
: it is the sum of its house district + two for the senate. each state has two senators. california has 55 electoral votes. the district of columbia is awarded three electoral votes. host: jim from iowa, hello. caller: i have a question. in past years with george bush and al gore, that went back and forth. are they planning to make changes to extensive monitoring ? it is a back and forth thing. i have watched this election thing go for 17 months. i used to be a democrat and i'm so disgusted. i went republican. i have a lot of concerns and reservations because i have seen a lot of things change in how things operate and how politicians operates and i am concerned. i got early to vote. host: thank you. guest: the electoral college has not rallied the masses. it is an issue that deals with political process. we have the 2000 election that george w. bush lost the popular vote. that election -- the issue discussion dominated by what happened in florida. there was not a lot of talk about scrapping the electoral college. there has not been a big movement to overhaul the electoral college. it is k
. >> well, why can't you -- >> because i have the right as a senator to have no comment. >> in california dr. b achera h been declared winning defeating dan lungren. >>> in florida alan west is still hanging on in his undecided race. >>> ron barber who filled the seat of gabby giffords is waiting for the state to tally more than 100,000 uncounted ballots to see if he returns to the house. >>> a tweet sent yesterday from the white house twitter account is a picture of president obama meeting with the u.s. women's gymnastics team in the oval office. pretty cool. >>> and last night nbc's "parks and recreation" featured vice president joe biden playing himself. we have a look behind the scenes as the vice president compares his job to situation comedy. >> now, i just want you to know i got to make two major speeches, meet a couple thousand people but it will be a hell of a lot easier than this for me. so thanks a lot. >> that's your morning dish of scrambled politics. >>> let's take a check at wall street on this friday morning. the dow closed at 12,542 after losing 28 points yesterday. the s&p
as california and hawaii. the amount of this relief effort, the extent of it is truly just staggering and i think people here in virginia, maryland, dc, we all want to help, but we have election day coming up. lots to do. if you want to help out in some small way, this drive here at the fairfax city police department, they are going to be accepting donations. if you have supplies, go ahead and bring them by. back to you. >>> a new wall street journal poll finds that president obama and republican nominee mitt romney remain deadlocked in virginia. >>> vice president joe biden and his wife will be in sterling and richmond today. john mellen camp will perform and governor tim kaine will be at both events. >>> i saw the long lines, i was in some of them. it turns out more than 5 2,000 residents in dc voted early in the board of election. it is more than 10% of the district's registered voters and it is more than double the number of early voters in the 2010 primary. >>> if you want to see a breakdown of the national and local elections, we have a breakdown on wusa9.com right at the top of the h
against one of its own former hosts. >>> at 10:00 wednesday morning, the california air resources board will hold its first auction as part of the state cap and trade law. >> companies including the oil refineries are buying and selling. and could generate more than a billion dollars any way. >> they will pass it on to their consumers. >> downtown castor valley looks dishes. >> after two years of work. the boulevard officially reopened yesterday with lehe d lights and planters. >> the street scape project had reconfigured traffic lanes and adding bike lanes in the area from san miguel avenue to redwood road. >>> they love ocean. salmon season, they will have to put away the poles and it comes to a close today. it is back in ap. some officials predicted this would be one of the best season in years. >> with almost triple the amount of salmon compared to last year. >> they will come to an end. >> in parts of california. >> santa rosa ha collar radio. and the it is with the aunt. and it comes after wet weather and a cal down in temperatures. >> the harvest festival continues with unique ar
to california. her family would like to go back. she might still around again because -- she raised $215 million. she is the house's biggest fund- raiser. >> we will end up with a more polarized congress. steny hoyer is more moderate. he is an institutional -- has been around for decades and represents a lot of the new democrats. the big question will be, will party, a caucus dominated by liberals and i would say democrats are much more liberal than your average democrat around the country. will they tolerate steny hoyer who they do not see as one of their own? they see him as a compromiser. >> the white house has been ignoring -- democrats have been an afterthought. if they had a leader, there would have more muscle. >> one thing that i find interesting to watch is when you can step back and look at the bigger picture, you have a house that is not budging and testing republican. which means that how frustrated that american people are about the non action, about the tea party. this means that i think barack obama should be on the losing end of this campaign because the american people want a ch
, they would need to do better in this type of district. >> california is a solid blue state for the president, but a couple of interesting house races in that state. >> california, we can almost ignore the state come even though it is the largest state. there have only been one or two seats that had a chance of one party taking over the other. but the citizen legislator redistricting commission and the top two primary that has been turned on its head. democrats need to almost sweep all of the competitive races that we have in california in order to get even close to the 25. >> a couple of house races in which an incumbent is in danger, first in maryland. >> roscoe bartlett is a victim of democratic redistricting where he used to represent western maryland and now comes down to montgomery county and the washington, d.c. suburbs. he faces delaney, who is surprising. but the democratic nature -- the new democratic nature of the district will be tough for bartlett, even though ross perot has -- even though he has an element that the stomach of a typical republican. but he is facing a very differe
their time not only placing calls to other states but much like people in california democrats in california will go to nevada. that's what the people here in illinois and chicago in particular were doing for president obama. they were traveling to swing states. they were driving to wisconsin. and that's how a lot of people got into this room tonight. by agreeing to go to these swing states to help with the ground game there. so these are the people who had the ticket, they earned a ticket into this room. and look here, their reaction now once the word came in. >> fired up, ready to go. >> and i said, this is great. >> he's a great president and i'm very happy. he has my back and i'm sorry for mitt romney but it's obama. we can't lose. >> what do i want for obama. i want the country to be the great country that it is. >> a few weeks ago i was up in wisconsin, we got wisconsin. last few weeks i've been calling wisconsin and ohio, we got both states. >> obama is winning, he's winning, he's winning. gosh thank you jesus. >> just as you're returning to us live here to chicago. it sound like that
is california's proposition 8. this was the ballot proposition passed, overturned two years ago. what it says is that even though a california court said that marriage was legal in that state, it banned gay mrarnlg in california. now if the court grants that case, then it might -- might -- get to the fundamental issue whether states can, in fact, ban same-sex marriage. my predictions, chris. it's a virtual certainty the court will take the doma case. courts have overturned an act of congress. it's much less certain they'll take the prop 8 case and we'll only find out today which cases they're going to take because if they're not going to take any cases we won't hear about that until monday. all we get are the grants. no guarantee today but the justices are meeting in a closed door conference. these cases are on the agenda. so we may find out as early as today, chris. >> nbc's justice correspondent pete williams. for the record i would watch a show called pete's predictions. thank you, pete. >> reporter: you'd be the one. >>> next, we'll head to the hill to talk to members from both sides abou
carrying power repair trucks from california. in virginia, the uss san antonio was loaded up with relief supplies and sent off to new york and new jersey. the city of hoboken is finally getting back on its feet after flooding stranded 20,000 people. governor chris christie says the power situation has drastically improved. >> remember, at the height of the storm we were at 2.7 million. a million more customers have been restored. >> in connecticut, garbage is piling up all along the streets as flooded basements are being cleaned out. let's go back to new york. washed out subways are starting to come back, and there are huge lines on buses as the city deals with a gridlock nightmare. work could begin today on removing that massive crane that's been dangling high above a midtown manhattan street. and a lot of people are questioning the decision to go ahead with the new york city marathon on sunday. to lower manhattan where power may not come back until the weekend. our reporter from wnbc found an incredible sight near a supermarket. >> look how desperate it has gotten here in this neighbor
in -- police say have arrested an escaped prisoner from california who had been loose for 12 years. corrections officials say was taken into custody in fairfax after escaping from a los angeles detention center. history of identity- crimes. authorities say she was still in identity theft and may file additional charges her here as well. >> if you planned to be near dupont circle tomorrow night, officials around the 17th and church streets klaus for the annual high race. flockeds of spectators to 17th street. scheduled for last night, but was rescheduled because of sandy. show will go on tomorrow. halloween was not rescheduled because of sandy. treaters out and about. we caught up with them in northwest washington. you can see it was not just one duess steam. got into the spirit as well. i cannot believe he wanted to be witnessed in that. [laughter] everybody has seen a. it is so nice -- that is his natural hair. is nice everybody is break from this terrible weather. >> it has been nasty around here. when you see what folks have had .o deal with up north a lot of folks said it was not afraid it
nearly 3.5 million people have cast their election lot. texas is second, california ranking third, trailing texas by just about 15,000 close votes. >> the fate of human dignity in our hands. blood's been spilt to afford us this moment. now, now, now! >> daniel day lewis from the upcoming movie "lincoln" portraying arguably the most popular and influential president ever. the latest cinematic blockbuster of steven spielberg. we take note steven spielberg and wife kate cap shaw have donated almost $1.3 million. bill maher and morgan freeman both giving about $1 million to that same obama superpac. as far as congressional contributions, california democrat howard berman has received almost $425,000 either directly or through a super pac. when we last saw berman he was taking part in the debate. that is a congressman on the left. things got a little bit nasty there by the way. polls are showing berman losing his battle to remain in congress. those are your number once. live from democracy plaza here on weekends with alex witt. and if you stumble, you get back up. up isn't easy, and we
and the california coast. but most will, i will remember the people i have met, their strength, their values, their generosity and hospitality to me and tv and our family. it is very important that we continue to fight for them and for families all across america. we have to fight for that young family in long island, new york. the one that wants to buy a home in the community they grew up in cannot afford it. we have to fight for that family in sioux city, iowa that can afford health insurance to pay the bills for its young son. we have to fight for those high school students in los angeles who are saying no to drugs and yes to their future. we have to open up that door of college opportunity to every young person in this country. [cheers and applause] we have to fight to end the shame of homelessness in this country. we have to fight for those unemployed steelworkers in pennsylvania and youngstown, ohio who want to be able to have a good job and a good wage to support themselves and their families. and we have to fight for those families and met with in california whose children today are
democratic circles, nancy pelosi has not given a hint about what is next. she has returned to california. sources close say not to expect any announcement before next week. democrats have a caucus meeting for wednesday." next is ron from taxes on the line for independent. caller: i am from kentucky. when these elected officials get elected to office, they sign a contract to the american people. they should not ever put their name on a contract to any certain group. they sign a pledge to work for all of the people, not just certain ones. i also think when the tea party got there thing go in, they do not want to come together in any kind of compromises. i just think it should be borne of a moderate thinking in congress to work towards the middle. i do not like the extremes either way. host: did the election change that attitude? do you think there will be compromise, and not the extremism on either end? caller: i hope so. from what i hear from mitch mcconnell, i do not like. i am a kentucky citizen. it is about time for him to retire. i think mr. john boehner wants to work out a deal. i re
? michele bachmann? jeb bush did not run. they got stuck with mitt romney. host: california has gone from a republican to a purple to a solid democratic state. what has changed? ronald reagan winning back in 1984. guest: i am proud to take a little bit of credit for that four at one time being the democratic party chair in california. the republican party is a mirror of the national republican party in the sense that i think they lost track of where the country was moving. republican registration in ronald reagan's day was 63.5% republican. today it is less than 30%. democrats did a good job of registering voters, but the republican party lost all of those people by their extreme right-wing philosophy and policies. host: pete wilson on the issue of immigration. why is that a mirror image? guest: we always had a hard time convincing latinos to vote, to register and to vote. we called them the sleeping giant. the sleeping giant woke up. he will send put an anti- immigration initiative on the ballot. the latino community came alive. a registered. now, they are a power in california and many
yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from california, ms. woolsey, for five minutes. ms. woolsey: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, it's the time of year when families reunite and renew their very close connections, connections that are actually in most instances the most precious parts of our lives. this thanksgiving i know all of us were grateful for the company of those we love the most. but more than 2,000 american families sat at tables where there was one less serving of the thanksgiving meal just a week ago. those families lost a loved one in the deadly war in afghanistan. now more than 11 years long and a tragically reckless policy. i'm personally grateful for the service of all of our afghanistan veterans and for their sacrifice and for the sacrifice of our military families. but sometimes i don't know how we as a congress and a nation can look them right straight in the face after everything we've put them through. the benefits of this war don't come close to justifying the devastating human cost. not just fatalities but disfiguring wou
of the northeast, it's now a recovery mission. and yesterday california military planes were loaded with utility vehicles ready to be shipped into new york. an army of some 50,000 utility workers from across the country, even canada, being deployed to the region to help in the massive project to restore power which will take weeks. three navy warships are anchored off the northeast coast to help with the relief effort. in new jersey, military trucks are being deployed to operate as polling places on election day in the hardest-hit communities still remain without power. now, the good news does trickle out slowly. today amtrak will begin offering limited service between new york city and boston. and new jersey transit will also start moving today with limited service. the new york subway system continues to make advances. the "m" train linking queens to manhattan just started running, but there are still no trains running below 34th street where half of manhattan remains in the dark. so the millions of new yorkers who depend on subways, they're now waiting in those long lines for buses. for those
and california and other parts of the country that did not need a fund raiser from the house majority leader. but you saw him putting in face time and getting to know these guys on the trail. possibly in hopes of being able to work with them when they get here. >> or perhaps in securing their vote with republican leader elections, which happen to be right around the corner. one thing that they have got overlooked in the broad scheme of the house, would talk about redistricting as evil. but there are some states that have taken a different approach. the number one state that has taken a different approach is california. california has gone to a bipartisan redistricting commission. they drew lines without input of the state legislature, allegedly without the input of the state legislature. over the last decade, 53 seats in california, five house election cycles. 265 elections in california and only one seat out of those 265 times changed hands. now, though, we have seen -- as they are still counting a lot of districts, but we have seen eight or nine competitive seats with a very interesting st
years of debilitating gridlock. joining us from oakland is democratic senator from california barbara boxer. senator boxer, pleasure to have you on the show. >> nice to be on your show. >> senator, you know, we've talked about the makeup of the next senate and some early prognosticators are saying, the actual power shift in terms of seats held won't change that much, but you may end up seeing a more liberal democratic caucus in the upper chamber just by virtue of who the folks coming in are and believe. i call -- the race between joe donnelly and richard mourdock, mourdock was supposed to have this butnd up. the seat may go to donnelly. chris murphy replacing joe lieberman and tammy baldwin may replace herb in wisconsin. what does that mean in terms of the caucus and animating policies of the democratic caucus and the upper chamber? >> i think this focus on liberal and conservative misses the entire point. the question is, are we going to come together, meet each other half way and make sure this economic recovery continues? these are the big issues facing us in this election and the
jersey as cokie pointed out but also places like california which are states that he would have won anyway but there was so much organic enthusiasm for barack obama in 2008 that he won -- that a lot of people turned out even in deep blue states where their votes, of course, didn't count, they turned out in mass numbers. the president's people knee this yearhat's not going to happen. so in terms of the overall national popular vote, if you think about red states and blue states where neither campaign is trying to turn out the vote, the blue states like california and new york for various reasons the president's numbers won't be anywhere near as strong as they were in 2008 whereas in the deep red state there is's so much antipathy towards the president that people will turn out in those states even though they are deep red states. they'll turn out the cast a symbolic vote against barack obama. so that's one thing that skews the popular vote by conceivably on election day towards romney more than people are necessarily expecting >> i think that's absolutely right. the red states are re
in magnolia park area of california, boost sales to stay open late. support local retailers november 24th for the third annual small business saturday. so anyway, i've been to a lot of places. you know, i've helped alot of people save a lot of money. but today...( sfx: loud noise of metal object hitting the ground) things have been a little strange. (sfx: sound of piano smashing) roadrunner: meep meep. meep meep? (sfx: loud thud sound) awhat strange place. geico®. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance. >>> your twin brother is now a member of congress. what -- it's not a popular body. what advice to do you have for him now that he's headed to washington, d.c.? >> the first thing i told him was that he could have it. >> san antonio mayor and dnc keynote speaker, happy it's his twin brother taking a trip to capitol hill walking into a divided house of representatives. congressman-elect what keen castro joins me now. you didn't take your brother's advice. you're not avoiding washington. >> no. >> and as a new freshman congressman, coming to a place that has
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